The NCAA rulebook, especially when it comes to recruiting, has so many intricacies that coaches have to be cognizant of on a daily basis when contacting prospects. With the prominence of social media these days, coaches can use Twitter’s 140 character direct messaging tool to interact with prospects, but there are rules that must be followed to avoid violations.
Like any opportunistic head coach should be, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to social media and how it can impact recruiting, and he showed it with a tweet he sent out on Tuesday evening.
Presumably, a recruit who is a sophomore sent Freeze a message on Twitter. Freeze would probably love to respond to establish an early rapport with the player, but he knows the rules. He cannot respond.
Only prospects that are in their junior or senior year can be contacted via direct message. Class of 2016 recruits will have to wait until September to chat with Coach Freeze.
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